Jun 23, 2020

Executive Director

  • TEACH - To Educate All Children
  • Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Education School Leadership School Support

Job Description

To Educate All Children seeks a visionary and strategic Executive Director to lead the organization in their next phase of development in the Houston community. This person will be the public face of the organization, responsible for achieving organizational priorities and ensuring ongoing organizational health.

Who We Are:

TEACH is a community impact organization currently operating in Houston Independent School District schools located in predominantly low-income neighborhoods. TEACH focuses on empowering educators by helping them build safe and calm classrooms through intensive training and coaching on classroom management, which focuses on areas such as de-escalation, conflict resolution, building students’ self-image, and nonverbal communication. TEACH is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt charitable organization.

TEACH is on a trajectory of fast growth. We are creating a learning, growing, and thriving organization and need YOUR unique set of talents and skills to help us empower more educators. 


Click here to learn more about TEACH’S program and results. 

Who We Are Looking For: 

We are seeking an experienced organizational leader who is a bold and strategic thinker, excited about being the public face of TEACH and passionate about the programmatic and partnership work TEACH is doing in the broader Houston community. This person is a big-picture thinker, unafraid to make changes and think differently about how TEACH operates. They are an excellent networker, energized by the potential of identifying new champions for TEACH’s program and ready to set and pursue a robust organizational vision. Our next Executive Director should describe themself as a risk-taker, persuasive and innovative in their approach to challenges and opportunities and energized by the potential in this role. 


Key Responsibilities: 

Organizational Health & Strategic Direction 

  • Set vision and direction for TEACH’s next phase of growth and organizational development, including aligned strategies and action items 
    • Consistently reflect and refine the strategic vision in response to insight, new data and identified need 
    • Work collaboratively with the TEACH team, the board president, board members, co-founders, TEACH’s training partners, and key stakeholders. 
  • Develop and maintain a high functioning, committed Board of Directors, working closely with them on key decisions, strategies, and to uphold TEACH’s mission, vision, and core values 
    • Organize Board Retreats as needed with the minimum of one Board Retreat organized each year.  
    • Oversee the governance of the board to ensure the board is operating within the bounds of the by-laws.
  • Ensure excellent management of operations, finances and employee relations at the organization
    • Make sure all work is performed in accordance with all government laws, labor laws, regulations, ordinances and court rulings in those jurisdictions in which TEACH operates.
  • Build and maintain excellent internal systems to ensure all work is orchestrated, documented and standardized whenever possible. 


Excellent Team Management and People-Centered Leadership 

  • Build and maintain a positive, productive, collaborative organizational culture 
  • Develop and identify opportunities to retain TEACH’s team, including but not limited to robust professional development opportunities 
  • Directly manage six staff members, including the business administrator, the principal support director, the program manager, and the director of development 
  • Support the ongoing refinement and implementation of TEACH’s training program model that will be compelling to multiple school districts, is in compliance with all guidelines, and easily iterated
  • Provide strategic guidance and support to the HR department, including overseeing the HR function
    • Maintain standardized HR system
    • Participate in the TEACH team member selection process


External Relations and Development 

  • Be the external face and primary representative of the organization, including engaging with diverse constituencies and key partners 
  • Actively seek out new opportunities and partners for the TEACH Program:
    •  Build and maintain relationships with public school partners that lead to recognition of the TEACH brand and increase the opportunities for program expansion.
  • Work with the Director of Development to devise and implement a development strategic plan that diversifies TEACH’s funding sources
  • Support key staff in leading and executing impactful events and key development initiatives, including but not limited to:
    • Researching grant opportunities
    • Presenting TEACH’s program to various groups and potential partners
    • Attending and networking at events throughout the community 
    • Participating in donor meetings and asks 
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders in various sectors such as education, business, government, and philanthropy that raise the visibility of the TEACH brand 


Who You Are 

  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred
  • Stellar record of results setting and achieving robust organizational priorities, including but not limited to growth, financial health and staff retention 
  • Excellent manager and developer of people 
  • Prior experience with external relations, including but not limited to cultivating funders and external partners 
  • Established record of results working closely with a board 
  • Previous education experience preferred; some education-sector exposure required
  • Ability to attend events on nights and weekends 
  • You love networking and are energized by connecting with people 
  • You are a risk-taker, willing to take chances and think innovatively about organizational growth 
  • You are willing to engage in tough conversations; you are a direct and proactive communicator


What we offer:

  • Competitive salary (range begins at $150,000), depending on experience and accomplishments
  • 100% of employee health care costs are covered by TEACH, including dental and vision
  • 401(k) retirement plan with 6% employer match
  • Generous PTO policy:
    • 144 hours of PTO annually
    • 2 weeks off every summer (paid)
    • 2 weeks off every Christmas holiday (paid)


Reports to: Board of Directors  

Start Date: Summer 2020 

Location: Houston, Texas

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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